by Amanda Ong
Charles Johnson, former emeritus professor of English at the University of Washington, has recently released his latest book The Eightfold Path, a graphic novel with coauthor Steven Barnes and illustrator Bryan Christopher Moss.
The Eightfold Path is an anthology of interconnected Afrofuturistic parables inspired by the teachings of the Buddha. It traverses media, stories, cultures, and ideas. Johnson and coauthor Steven Barnes are both practicing Buddhists and have incorporated their beliefs into this series of Buddhist stories that intersect with science fiction and Afrofuturism.
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Before appearing at Town Hall Seattle, the artist and actor discusses her debut book, Afrofuturism, and storytelling.
by Amanda Ong
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Janelle Monáe is a singer, songwriter, actor, producer, an eight-time Grammy nominee, and a household name — and she’s from the future. In the decade-plus that Monáe has been performing and making music, she has already made major waves in Afrofuturism. Throughout her career, Monáe has used science fiction to express the societal and personal battles of gender identity, racial identity, political violence, sexuality, memory, and radical love.
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